Emmys 2013 Best and Worst: Neil Patrick Harris, Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Merritt Wever and more
Worst: 1963 tribute with Carrie Underwood
Guess what? 1963 was fifty years ago, and if you missed it, spoiler alert: it was an awful, gut wrenching year. Nevertheless, we got a miserable history lesson from a miserable-looking Don Cheadle in the middle of the Emmy Awards this year. Since most of the audience wasn't alive in 1963, I guess someone thought it would be easy enough to rewrite history. “National tragedy gave way to another event, and a dark cloud was suddenly lifted, making it okay to experience joy again," Cheadle said. Really? While 73 million people might have been tuned in, but that doesn't mean that public mourning stopped as the first chord of "All My Loving" played. This segment managed to trivialize tragedy, while Carrie Underwood's dully generic Top 40 radio rendition of "Yesterday" (a song which released in 1965, so it was appropriate... well, not at all, except it was sad and it might have been weird for Underwood to sing a peppy version of "She Loves You" after our miserable history lesson) made the Beatles' sound amazingly schlocky.
- Liane Bonin Starr